Nick Pope is currently undergoing a medical at Newcastle ahead of a move from Burnley – and Chris Wood said the England stopper should be his country’s no.1, ahead of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Pope, 29, is set to leave Burnley for Newcastle after failing to prevent the Clarets from relegation. That is not to say he was at fault, in fact Pope probably kept Burnley in with a fighting chance throughout the 2021-22 season.
Reports state that a deal to take Pope to Newcastle is as good as done, with clips emerging on social media of Pope arriving on Tyneside. A fee is expected to be in region of a bargain £10million.
Speaking to TalkSPORT – as per the Burnley Express – Wood was asked if he felt Pope is good enough to start for England. He responded by saying he believes he should be no.1, ahead of £30million (ESPN) Everton man Pickford.
“Ultimately, if I’m putting a keeper in goal, I want him to stop goals, and in my eyes he should be England number one. It’s hard to knock Pickford out of that spot, but hopefully when his chance comes along, he takes it this week.”
Pope undergoing Newcastle medical: Wood said he is ahead of Pickford
It is a real coup for Newcastle. Not in terms of clubs they have beaten to nab Pope’s signature, but for the bargain price they are reportedly getting him for. Newcastle need to look over their shoulder for Financial Fairplay.
So, signing quality players such as Pope for small-ish figures allows them to spend big elsewhere. Pope is the perfect example of that. A player with quality far exceeding £10million. Harsh on Martin Dubravka.
But it is one Newcastle simply cannot turn down. It will be interesting to see if Dubravka is willing to stay on Tyneside – with Karl Darlow and Mark Gillespie also needing to make a decision.